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Effective March 1,201 2 




What's New in 2012 

■ To allow hunters and trappers more opportunities to sell their furs, the 
Resident Fur Handlers Permit was rescinded on July 1, 2011. Now, people 
with a valid permit to hunt or trap may possess, transport and sell furs 
throughout the year. 

■ Hunters with developmental disabilities who have taken a hunter-education 
course but failed to pass the certification tests now may purchase firearms 
permits. However, they must carry a physician's statement as proof of 
their disability and hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed 
hunter age 18 or older who is hunter-education certified. See Page 2. 

■ Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a 
Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical 
center now may hunt wildlife— except deer, turkey and migratory birds— 
without a permit. See Page 3. 

■ Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a 
Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical 
center now may purchase resident permits regardless of where they live. 
See Page 4. 

■ In the past, hunters were prohibited from using crossbows or firearms to 
hunt frogs on conservation areas but could use these methods to take frogs 
on nomDepartment lands. Beginning at sunset on June 30, bullfrogs and 
green frogs may be taken on most conservation areas using crossbows, 
pellet guns and .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifles or pistols. Visit 
mdc.mo.gov/atlas for specific conservation area regulations. 



Contents 

Hunting and Trapping in Missouri 1 

Permits: General Information 2 

Purchasing Permits 5 

Lifetime Permits 6 

Missouri Hunting & Trapping Permits 7 

Hunting: General Provisions 12 

Deer Hunting 15 

Furbearer, Groundhog and Rabbit Hunting 16 

Squirrel, Frog, Crow, Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting 17 

Pheasant and Quail Hunting 18 

Turkey Hunting 19 

Sunrise and Sunset Table 20 

Trapping: Seasons/Limits 22 

Cable Restraint Device Training 24 

Nontoxic Shot 26 

ATVUse 27 

Feral Hogs 28 

Definitions 30 

A Hunter's Responsibilities 32 

Contact Information 33 



Hunting and Trapping in Missouri 

After centuries of being hunted and trapped, most of Missouri's native wild 
creatures are still here. Many of then^ are as abundant now as they were 300 
years ago. For a long time people believed that wildlife was doomed to disappear 
as humans changed the landscape. It was only a little more than 100 years ago 
that serious attempts to manage the state's wildlife began, and only 75 years ago 
that science-based game management began. 

Species such as deer and turkey have been brought back from the edge of 
extinction, and skillful management has maintained other wildlife populations 
that otherwise might have slipped away. A major part of managing our wildlife 
is regulating what, how, where and when we may hunt and trap. That's where 
the Wildlife Code of Missouri comes in. The Wildlife Code is a permissive code. A 
permissive code means that rather than giving you an endless list of "thou shalt 
nots," we tell you what you may do. 

You may take or attempt to take only those animals permitted by the Code, 
and only by methods, and only at the times and under the circumstances 
specified in the Code. These regulations are necessary to protect and manage 
Missouri's abundant wildlife populations and to make access to Missouri hunting 
and trapping as fair and simple as possible. 

In Your Hands 

The information in this booklet is only a summary of the hunting and trapping rules. 
It is DJOT a legal document and is subject to revision during the current year. Refer 
to the Wildlife Code of Missouri or the Missouri Code of State Regulations for complete 
rules. 

See: www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3csr.asp 



Note: According to rule 3 CSR 10-5.21 6 of the Wildlife Code, if you have 
been convicted of multiple or major violations of the Wildlife Code in the 
past five years, the Conservation Commission may consider suspending or 
revoking your hunting, trapping and/or fishing privileges regardless of any 
previous court action. The point system the Commission uses to assess 
Wildlife Code violations is explained at mdc.mo.gov/node/16861. 



Permits: General Information 

Everyone who hunts or traps must have an appropriate hunting or trapping 
permit or qualify for an exemption. 



Attention Mentors 

When mentoring a firearms 
hunter who is not hunter- 
education certified, all mentors, 
including landowners hunting 
on their own land, must be at 
least 1 8 years old and hunter- 
education certified unless they 
were born before Jan. 1, 1967. 

If you need to become 
certified, check out the online 
course at mdc.mo.gov/1 7844, 
or call a Department office to 
sign up for a course near you. 



Hunter-Education Requirements 
and Exceptions 

Every hunter born on or after Jan. 1 , 
1967, must complete an approved hunter- 
education program^ in Missouri or another 
state to buy firearms hunting permits 
unless they are: 

■ Using a resident firearms deer or 
turkey hunting permit while hunting in 
the immediate presence of a properly 
licensed mentor^ and are 6 through 1 5 
years old. 

■ Using a resident landowner deer and/or 
turkey hunting permit. 

■ Hunting under the provisions of the 
Apprentice Hunter Authorization. 
See Page 8. 

■ Developmentally disabled. New! Hunters with developmental disabilities who 
have taken a hunter-education course but failed to pass the certification tests 
may purchase firearms permits as long as they carry a physician's statement 
as proof of their disability and hunt in the immediate presence of a properly 
licensed mentor^. 

All hunters, unless exempt, must carry their hunter-education card or a permit 
with their hunter-education number on it while hunting with a firearm. The 
Missouri Conservation Heritage Card with a hunter-education number on it is also 
acceptable. 

A hunter-education card need not be displayed when buying permits if 
certification can be verified by the vendor. Most hunters buying e-Permits 
will have their hunter-education certification verified online. Those who are 
not in the Conservation Department's permit database will be alerted by the 
e-Permits System to mail, fax or email a copy of the front and back of their 
hunter-education card to the Conservation Department. After this information is 
verified and the hunter's record is updated in the database, the hunter will not be 
required to submit his or her hunter-education card again. 



Check out the online hunter-education courses 
at mdc.mo.gov/1 7844. 




1 You must be at least 11 years old to receive hunter-education certification. 

2 "Immediate presence" means close enough for normal conversation, without shouting. "Properly 
licensed" means a valid firearms hunting permit for the appropriate season. In the case of deer and 
turkey permits, the mentor's permit can be either filled or unfilled. 



Permits are not 
licenses to trespass! 

The issuance of a hunting 
or trapping permit does not 
authorize trespassing on 
private lands. Your behavior 



Permit Exemptions 

Missouri resident landowners, lessees who 

lease and reside on leased land, and any 

member of their immediate households 

whose legal residence is the same as the 

landowner or lessee, may hunt— except deer 

or turkey^or trap on lands they own or, in 

the case of lessees, where they live, without a 

permit, except: reflects on all hunters and 

■ A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit i c^ ^ ' 

. 1 c . c 1 • ^ I of landowners. 

IS required for waterfowl, snipe, doves, I 

woodcock and rails. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

■ A federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl. 

■ A Conservation Order Permit is required to hunt light geese during the 
Conservation Order. 

While hunting on their own land, hunters must comply with appropriate seasons, 
methods, limits and checking requirements. 

Any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older may hunt (but not trap) wildlife— 
except deer or turkey— without a permit but must carry proof of age and 
residence when hunting, except: 

■ A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for waterfowl, snipe, 
doves, woodcock and rails. 

■ A federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl. 

■ A Conservation Order Permit is required to hunt light geese during the 
Conservation Order. 

Anyone age 15 and younger may trap without a permit. They may also hunt 
wildlife— except deer or turkey— without a permit: 

■ IF they are in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult hunter age 1 8 
or older who has a valid hunter-education card or was born before Jan. 1 , 1967; 

■ OR they carry a valid hunter-education card. 

Any honorably discharged resident or nonresident veteran having a service- 
related disability of 60 percent or greater or who was a prisoner of war during 
military service may hunt (but not trap) wildlife— except deer and turkey— 
without a permit but must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. 
Department of Veterans Affairs. New! Any member of the U.S. military currently 
assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit 
or a military medical center may hunt (but not trap) wildlife— except deer and 
turkey— without a permit but must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior 
Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or admissions verification to a military 
medical center. However: 

■ A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for waterfowl, snipe, 
doves, woodcock and rails. 

■ A federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl. 

■ A Conservation Order Permit is required to hunt light geese during the 
Conservation Order. 

Note: Nonresident veterans who meet the above requirements also can purchase 
resident permits, for example resident deer or turkey hunting permits. 



Who may purchase resident permits? 

■ Any person who does not claim resident privileges in another state or country, 
and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address are both in 
Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before applying for the permit. 
Owning real estate or attending a Missouri school does not in itself make you a 
legal resident. 

■ Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of Columbia or 
serving in the U.S. armed forces. (Immediate family members who reside with 
them also may purchase resident permits.) 

■ All members of the U.S. armed forces residing in Missouri on permanent 
change of station status and immediate family members residing with them. 

■ Any honorably discharged military veteran having a service-related disability 
of 60 percent or greater or who was a prisoner of war during military service; 
must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department of 
Veterans Affairs while hunting or purchasing permits. 

■ New! Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a 
Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical center; 
must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or 
Warrior Transition Unit, or admissions verification to a military medical center 
while hunting or purchasing permits. 

■ Nonresidents who are registered students attending a public or private 
secondary, post secondary, or vocational school in Missouri and who live in 
Missouri while attending school; must carry evidence of a Missouri residence 
and student status while hunting. Note: Nonresident students who qualify for 
resident permits must purchase them at Conservation Department offices. 

■ Immigrants who possess an 1-551 Resident Alien Card and who do not claim 
resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and 
legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 
30 days before applying for the permit. 

Permit Obligations 

Accepting a permit means that you: 

■ Agree to observe all the rules of the Wildlife Code. 

■ Will allow an agent of the Conservation Department to inspect your picture ID, 
permit, game taken and your hunting or trapping equipment. 

■ Will hunt or trap wildlife in a safe manner. 

■ Will not loan your permit or hunting method exemption to another. 

■ Will sign and carry your permit while hunting or trapping. If you purchased 
your permit by telephone and have not received the permit by mail, you must 
carry the permit authorization number and picture identification with you 
while small game hunting or trapping until your permit arrives. However, to 
hunt deer and turkey, you must have the actual permit in your possession. 

Note: The Conservation Commission may suspend, revoke or deny a permit or 
privilege for cause, especially for injuring another person while hunting. 




Purchasing Permits 

You may purchase hunting and trapping permits 
using any of the methods below. 

■ Over the counter from any permit vendor. 

■ By telephone at 800'392'4115. Use your credit 
card, and pay a $2 surcharge. Allow 10 days for 
delivery of your permits. 

■ Online using the e-Permits System at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. Use your credit 
card, and pay a $1 surcharge. Print your permit at home and have it in hand 
immediately. See the back cover of this booklet for more on e-Permits. 

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Card, a Missouri Conservation Number, social 
security number or driver's license is required to purchase all permits. 

The Conservation Heritage Card looks similar to a credit card and stores 
information that can speed up the permit-buying process. The Heritage Card 
also can be purchased to replace a lost hunter-education card when certification 
can be verified through Department records. Heritage Card owners receive a 
1 5 percent discount on selected merchandise sold at Conservation Department 
facilities. Heritage Cards can be purchased using any of the methods above. 
Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Note: The Heritage Card is not a permit. 

Lost permits can be replaced using any of the methods above. A replacement 
permit costs $2 plus any applicable surcharge. E-Permits can be saved on 
a personal computer and reprinted for free if the original permit is lost or 
damaged. As with other permits, e-Permits may not be shared, and additional 
copies of an e-Permit do not provide additional valid permits to use. 



Need a map? 

For Conservation Department land: 

■ Missouri Department of Conservation 
PO. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 
573-751-4115 
mdc.mo.gov/atlas 

■ Conservation areas through Google Earth's 
satellite images and maps 
mdc.mo.gov/11017 

For U.S. Forest Service land: 

Mark Twain National Forest, U.S. Forest Service 
401 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401 
573-364-4621 ; www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf 

For federal lakes and associated lands: 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors 

For topographic maps: 

U.S. Geological Survey 
888-275-8747; store.usgs.gov 

For aerial photographs: 

Your county Farm Service Agency office; www.fsa.usda.gov 





Lifetime permits show 
commitment to conservation. 

For hunters who want to make a long-term 
commitment to supporting Missouri wildlife, the 
following permits are available. 

Lifetime permits are available to Missouri 

residents only. Proof of residency, such as a 

photocopy of a valid Missouri driver's license, is required. For children under 

the age of 18, the parents' residency will be used. 

All lifetime permit holders receive a durable plastic permit card to carry in 
the field and special mailings to keep them updated on seasons, regulation 
changes and other information. 

Lifetime permits cannot be purchased at permit vendors, by telephone or 
through the online e-Permits System. 

You must apply for lifetime permits by filling out a lifetime permit form. 
Get the form: 

■ Online at mdc.mo.gov/8849. 

■ By calling 573'522'4115, ext. 3574. 

■ By writing to Lifetime Permits, Missouri Department of Conservation, 
PO. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. 

Please allow 10 days after sending in your application for your permit to 
be delivered. 

Resident Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit — This permit carries the 
same privileges as the Resident Small Game Hunting Permit, Migratory Bird 
Hunting Permit and Conservation Order Permit. Deer and turkey hunting 
privileges are not included. A federal duck stamp is required for hunting 
waterfowl. 

Age 1 5 and younger $275 

Age 1 6-29 $400 

Age 30-39 $350 

Age 40-59 $300 

Age 60 and older $35 

Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit — This permit carries the 
same privileges as the Resident Hunting and Fishing Permit, Trout Permit, 
Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and Conservation Order Permit. Deer and 
turkey hunting privileges are not included. A federal duck stamp is required 
for hunting waterfowl. 

Age 1 5 and younger $550 

Age 1 6-29 $800 

Age 30-39 $700 

Age 40-59 $600 

Age 60 and older $70 



Missouri Hunting & Trapping Permits 

Hunters and trappers can choose from a variety of pern^its and pick the ones that 
best fit their needs. The pern^its, unless noted otherwise, are valid fron^ date of 
purchase through the last day of February 2013. 

To chase— except for deer and turkey— pursue, take, possess and transport 
wildlife and to sell furbearers taken by hunting or trapping you will need, unless 
otherwise exen^pted, one or more of the following: 

■ Resident Permits 

Resident Small Game Hunting Permit $10 

For frogs, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer) , and to sell fur-bearers 
taken by hunting^ '^'^ 

Resident Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit $19 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey) , 
mammals (except deer), and to sell furbearers taken by hunting^ '^'^ 

Resident National Guard and Reserve Service 

Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit $5 

For Missouri residents who are currently, or have in the previous 1 2 months, 
been mobilized and serving on fulktime active military duty in the National 
Guard (federal status) or reserve forces of the United States to take fish, frogs, 
mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), mammals 
(except deer), and to sell furbearers taken by hunting^ '^'^ 

To apply, fill out an application, which is available: 

■ Online at mdc.mo.gov/9213. 

■ By calling 573'522'4115, ext. 3579. 

■ By writing to National Guard Permits, Missouri Department of Conservation, 
P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. 

Please allow 10 days after sending in your application for your permit to be 
delivered. This permit is not available at vendors, by telephone or through 
the online e-Permits System. 

Resident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit 

For any deer statewide (See Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and 
Information booklet for restrictions) 

Age 1 6 and older $ 1 7 

Age 6-15^ $8.50 

Resident Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit 

For antlerless deer in counties where allowed 

Age 1 6 and older $7 

Age 6-15^ $3.50 

1 A federal duck stamp also is required for hunting waterfowl. 

2 A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit also is required/or hunting water/owl, doves, snipe, 
woodcock and rails. 

3 A Conservation Order Permit is required for hunting snow, blue and Ross's geese during the 
Conservation Order 

4 If not hunter-education certified, a youth hunting on a firearms permit must he in the immediate 
presence of a properly licensed adult age 18 or older who is hunter-education certified or horn 
before Jan. 1, 1967. 

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Resident Managed Deer Hunting Permit 

For deer taken during a managed hunt 

Age 1 6 and older $ 1 7 

Age 11-15 $8.50 

Resident Archer's Hunting Permit 

For deer, turkey and sn^all game during the prescribed seasons 

Age 1 6 and older $ 1 9 

Age 6-15 $9.50 

Resident Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit 

For antlerless deer during the archery deer hunting season in counties 
where allowed 

Age 1 6 and older $7 

Age 6-15 $3.50 

Resident Turlcey Hunting Permits: 
Spring seasons statewide 

Age 1 6 and older $ 1 7 

Age 6-15^ $8.50 

Fall season in counties where allowed 

Age 1 6 and older $ 1 3 

Age 6-15^ $6.50 

Resident Trapping Permit $10 

For trapping furbearers, rabbits and groundhogs, and to sell all these except 
rabbit carcasses. Valid until June 30, 2013. 

Attention Fur Handlers 

New! The Resident Fur Handlers Permit has been rescinded. Hunters and 
trappers with valid permits that allow the taking of furbearers may now possess, 
transport and sell furs throughout the year. Note: Only pelts taken by the permit 
holder may be possessed, and pelts sold within Missouri to a fur dealer or buyer 
must be fleshed, stretched and dried. 

Apprentice Hunter Authorization $10 



Apprentice Hunter Authorization 

To help introduce adults to hunting, the Conservation Department allows 
hunters age 1 6 and older who are not hunter-education certified to hunt 
with firearms, as long as they: 

■ First purchase an Apprentice Hunter Authorization, 

■ Then purchase a hunting permit for the season in which they want to hunt, 

■ And hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult age 1 8 
or older who has a valid hunter-education card or was born before 

Jan. 1, 1967. 
Note: The Apprentice Hunter Authorization by itself does not allow you to 
hunt. It only allows people who have not completed a hunter-education 
course to purchase firearms permits throughout the permit year. The 
Apprentice Hunter Authorization can be purchased for no more than two 
years. 



Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit Free 

Resident landowners of at least 5 continuous acres, lessees who lease and live 
on at least 5 continuous acres, and everyone who lives in the home with the 
landowner or lessee, can qualify for this no-cost permit for use on their land. 
NO'COSt permits are available at vendors, by telephone or through the online 
e-Permits System. 

Resident Landowner Fall Deer and Turlcey Hunting Permits Free 

Resident landowners of at least 5 continuous acres, lessees who lease and live 
on at least 5 continuous acres, and everyone who lives in the home with the 
landowner or lessee can qualify for the following no-cost permits for use on 
their land: Fall Firearms Turkey Hunting permits. Firearms Any-Deer Hunting 
Permit, Archer's Hunting Permit and Archery Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit. 
In addition, resident landowners of 75 or more acres in a single county also 
can qualify for no-cost Firearms Antlerless Deer Hunting permits, where 
allowed. 

Resident Conservation Order Permit $5 

To pursue, take, possess and transport snow, blue or Ross's geese during the 
Conservation Order. Required of all residents, including landowners, who are 
1 6 years of age or older. Note: This is the only permit needed to hunt light 
geese during the Conservation Order. 

■ Permits For Both Residents and Nonresidents 

Migratory Bird Hunting Permit $6 

For waterfowl, doves, snipe, woodcock and rails. Must also have a hunting 
permit that allows taking birds, unless exempt. Required of all residents and 
nonresidents, including landowners, who are 1 6 years of age or older. Valid 
July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.^'^ 

Licensed Hunting Preserve Hunting Permit $10 

For pheasants, exotic partridges, quail and hoofed animals from a licensed 
hunting preserve. Available only at licensed hunting preserves. 

Three-Day Licensed Hunting Preserve Hunting Permit $5 

Same as Licensed Hunting Preserve Hunting Permit, but good for three 
consecutive days only. Available only at licensed hunting preserves. 

■ Nonresident Permits 

Daily Small Game Hunting Permit $11 

For frogs, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer and furbearers) and to 
chase furbearers for training dogs during the closed season. May be purchased 
for multiple days.^'^'^ 

Nonresident Small Game Hunting Permit $80 

For frogs, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer and furbearers) and to 
chase furbearers for training dogs during the closed season^ '^'^ 

1 A federal duck stamp also is required for hunting waterfowl. 

2 A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit also is required/or hunting water/owl, doves, snipe, 
woodcock and rails. 

3 A Conservation Order Permit is required for hunting snow, blue and Ross's geese during the 
Conservation Order 

4 If not hunter-education certified, a youth hunting on a firearms permit must he in the immediate 
presence of a properly licensed adult age 18 or older who is hunter-education certified or horn 
before Jan. 1, 1967. 



Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer {Hunting Permit 

For any deer statewide (See Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and 
Information booklet for restrictions) 

Age 1 6 and older $225 

Age 6-15^ $8.50 

Nonresident Firearms Antlerless Deer {Hunting Permit 

For antlerless deer during the firearms deer hunting season in counties where 
allowed. A Nonresident Firearms Any-deer or Managed Deer Hunting Permit is 
a prerequisite. 

Age 1 6 and older $25 

Age 6-15^ $3.50 

Nonresident Managed Deer {Hunting Permit 

For deer taken during a managed hunt 

Age 1 6 and older $225 

Age 11-15 $8.50 

Nonresident Arciier's {Hunting Permit 

For fall archery deer and turkey seasons, and small game (except furbearers) 
during the prescribed seasons 

Age 1 6 and older $225 

Age 6-15 $9.50 

Nonresident Arciiery Ant{er{ess Deer {Hunting Permit 

For antlerless deer during the archery deer hunting season in counties where 
allowed. A Nonresident Archer's Hunting Permit is a prerequisite. 

Age 1 6 and older $25 

Age 6-15 $3.50 

Nonresident Turicey {Hunting Permits: 

Spring seasons statewide 

Age 1 6 and older $ 1 90 

Age 6-15^ $8.50 

Fall season in counties where allowed 

Age 16 and older $110 

Age 6-15^ $6.50 

Nonresident Furbearer {Hunting & Trapping Permit $130 

For furbearers. Valid until June 30, 2013. 

Nonresident Conservation Order Permit $40 

To pursue, take, possess and transport snow, blue or Ross's geese during the 
Conservation Order. Required of all nonresidents 1 6 years of age and older. 
This is the only permit needed to hunt light geese during the Conservation 
Order. 



1 A federal duck stamp also is required for hunting waterfowl. 

2 A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit also is required/or hunting water/owl, doves, snipe, 
woodcock and rails. 

3 A Conservation Order Permit is required for hunting snow, blue and Ross's geese during the 
Conservation Order 

4 If not hunter-education certified, a youth hunting on a firearms permit must he in the immediate 
presence of a properly licensed adult age 18 or older who is hunter-education certified or horn 
before Jan. 1, 1967. 

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Migratory Bird Hunting 
Permit Requirements 

The following permits are required of all 
residents and nonresidents, including 
landowners, 1 6 years of age or older: 

For doves, woodcock, rails or snipe: 

■ A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit 

■ A permit to hunt small game, unless exempt. (See pages 2-3 
for exemptions.) 

For ducks, geese or coots: 

■ A Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit 

■ A permit to hunt small game, unless exempt. {See pages 2-3 
for exemptions.) 

■ A federal duck stamp 

For snow, blue or Ross's geese during the Conservation Order: 

■ A Conservation Order Permit. (This is the only permit required during the 
Conservation Order.) 



Subscribe to the 

Missouri Conservationist 

Bring nature and outdoor recreation into 
your home with the Missouri Conservationist, 
free to adult Missouri residents. Out-of- 
state subscriptions are $7 a year. Foreign 
subscriptions are $10 a year. Please include 
payment with subscription request. 

To subscribe, call 573'522'4115, 

ext. 3856, or send your name, address and 

payment (if required) to: 

Conservationist Subscription 

Circulation Office, Missouri Department of Conservation 

PO. Box 180 

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 

Imstate subscribers can order online at mdc.mo.gov/conmag/subscribe^ 

You'll begin receiving the magazine in about 6 to 8 weeks. 
One magazine per household, please. 




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Hunting: General Provisions 



Wanton Waste 

It is illegal to intentionally leave or abandon any portion of any wildlife that is 
con^n^only used as human food. 

Dogs n^ay be used in hunting wildlife— except deer, turkey, muskrat, mink, river 
otter and heaver. The hunting of furbearers with dogs during daylight hours is 
prohibited statewide from Nov. 1 through the close of the November portion of 
the firearms deer season and during the antlerless portion in counties that are 
open during that portion. Dogs may not be used to hunt squirrels and rabbits 
during the daylight hours of the November portion of the firearms deer season 
in the following counties: Butler, Carter, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, 
Ripley, Shannon and Wayne. 

While hunting, all dogs, except for those used by waterfowl and game bird 
hunters, must wear a collar with the owner's full name and address. Conservation 
Number or complete telephone number. For training dogs, wildlife that can 
be hunted with dogs may be chased, but not taken. Only a pistol with blank 
ammunition may be used during daylight hours to train dogs during closed 
seasons. A hunting permit or exception is required when training dogs that are 
chasing wildlife. 

Hunting Near Flood Waters or Fire 

Wildlife, except waterfowl, may not be pursued or taken while trapped or 
surrounded by flood waters or while fleeing from flood waters or fire. 

Legal Firearm Methods 

Legal firearm methods used to hunt wildlife— except heaver, mink, muskrat, river 
otter, turtles andfish^dre: 

■ Pistols, revolvers and rifles propelling a single projectile at one discharge (may 
not be used for hunting turkey; must he center/ire or a muzzleloader for hunting 
deer) . 

■ Guns powered by spring, air or compressed gas {may not he used for hunting 
turkey See Fall Deer 6i Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information hookletfor 
regulations during the firearms deer season.) 

■ Shotguns not larger than 10 gauge. 

■ Crossbows, which are classified as a firearm method. 

■ Shotguns with the magazine cut off or plugged to reduce the capacity 
to not more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined. This 
restriction does not apply to shotguns used while hunting deer and during the 
Conservation Order for light geese. 

Legal firearm methods used to hunt deer and turkey are listed in the Spring 
Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available at permit vendors 
in March, and the Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, 
available at permit vendors in the summer. 

Fully automatic firearms are prohibited for all hunting. 

Hunting Game Birds with Firearms 

Shotguns are the only firearm allowed for hunting game birds (except crow). 
Pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns may be used to hunt crow. 



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Baiting Not Allowed 

Migratory birds, turkey and deer may not be 
hunted with the aid of bait. An area is considered 
baited for 10 days following complete removal 
of the bait. It is legal, however, to hunt over food 
plots. For complete baiting rules, see special deer, 
turkey and migratory bird hunting regulation 
booklets. 



Special Provision During the Firearms Deer Season 

Except for the urban and muzzleloader portions, other wildlife may be hunted 
only with a shotgun and shot not larger than No. 4 or a .22 or smaller caliber 
rimfire rifle. This does not apply to waterfowl hunters, trappers, or to landowners 
on their land. 

Bows, which include longbows, compound bows and recurve bows, may be 

used to take wildlife during hunting seasons. Arrows containing any drug, poison, 
chemical or explosive are prohibited, but illuminated sights, scopes, quickpoint 
sights and hand-held string releasing mechanisms may be used. 

Atlatls may be used to take wildlife during hunting seasons (except turkey during 
the spring and fall firearms seasons). 

Slingshots may be used to take wildlife (except deer and turkey) during hunting 
seasons. 

Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife. Deer 
may not be hunted from a boat with a motor attached; however, a motor boat 
may be used to hunt other wildlife if the motor is shut off and the boat's forward 
progress has stopped. 

Artificial lights may be used only to hunt bullfrogs and green frogs, or to hunt 
raccoons and other furbearing animals when treed with the aid of dogs. Using 
lights or any other night vision or thermal imagery equipment to search for, spot, 
illuminate, harass or disturb other wildlife is a violation of the Wildlife Code. 

Public Roadways 

You may not take any wildlife from or across a public roadway with a firearm, 
bow or crossbow. A Conibear-type trap may be used adjacent to public roadways 
only if set underwater in permanent waters. 

Poisons, tranquilizing drugs, chemicals or explosives may not be used to take 
wildlife. 

Electronic calls may be used to pursue and take crows, furbearers and light geese 
during the Conservation Order only, but without the aid of an artificial light or 
night-vision equipment. Mouth and hand calls may be used any time. Electronic 
calls or electronically activated calls may not be used or possessed while hunting 
species other than crows, furbearers or light geese during the Conservation Order. 



13 



Giving Away Wildlife 

You may give wildlife to another person, but it will continue to be a part of your 
daily limit for the day when taken. Deer and turkey must be labeled with your full 
name, address, date taken and Telecheck confirmation number. All other wildlife 
must be labeled with your full name, address, permit number, species and the 
date taken. Wildlife received as a gift will be included in the possession limit of 
the person you give it to. 

Wildlife Identification 

You must keep any wildlife you take separate or identifiable from that of any 
other hunter. 

Possessing, Transporting and Storing Wildlife 

You can possess and transport wildlife as part of your personal baggage. 
It may be stored at your home, camp, place of lodging or in a commercial 
establishment. If you store wildlife other than deer or turkey taken in Missouri, 
it must have the owner's full name, address, permit number, species and the 
date it was placed in storage. If you transport wildlife, it must have the full name, 
address and permit number of the taker and the date it was taken. Commercially 
processed deer must be claimed or stored by the owner by May 1 following the 
season taken or the owner shall be in violation. 

Deer and turkey taken in Missouri must be labeled with the full name and 
address of the taker, the date taken and the Telecheck confirmation number. 

Unless federal regulations prohibit, you may buy, sell or barter feathers, 
squirrel pelts, rabbit pelts, groundhog pelts, turkey bones, turkey heads, deer 
heads, antlers, hides or feet. They must be accompanied by a bill of sale showing 
the seller's full name, address and the number and species of the parts, and the 
full name and address of the buyer. Wildlife and wildlife parts, after mounting or 
tanning, also may be bought and sold. 

People who receive or purchase deer heads or antlers attached to the skull 
plate must keep the bill of sale as long as the heads or antlers are in their 
possession. The bill of sale must include the transaction date and a signed 
statement from the sellers attesting that the deer heads and antlers were, to their 
knowledge, taken legally. 

For your safety, you are urged to wear hunter orange whenever you are hunting. 

To comply with regulations, however, you must wear a hunter-orange outer 
garment and cap when: 

■ Firearms deer hunting. 

■ Hunting small game and furbearers in any area where hunting deer with 
centerfire firearms is allowed. Hunter orange is not required for small game 
hunters during the muzzleloader portion of the firearms deer season. 

■ Archery hunting during the youth portions and antlerless portion (in open 
counties) of the firearms deer season. 

Note: Camouflage orange garments do not meet the hunter-orange requirement. 
For other hunter-orange regulations, see the Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting 
Regulations and Information booklet, available in the summer. 



14 




Deer Hunting 

The opening date for the 
November portion of the 
firearms deer season 
will be Nov. 10, 2012. 
All other dates and 
deer season regulations 
will be announced in 
the Fall Deer 6l Turkey 
Hunting Regulations 
and Information 
booklet, available in the 
summer from permit 
vendors. Conservation 
Department offices and 
online at mdc.mo.gov. 

Managed Deer Hunts 

Missouri has many special modern firearms, shotgun, archery and muzzleloading 
firearms managed hunts during fall and winter. Hunters permanently confined to 
a wheelchair may participate in more than one managed deer hunt. Applications 
are accepted from July 1 to Aug. 15, 2012. Hunters are selected by computerized 
random drawing for the number of available hunting slots. See the Fall Deer & 
Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet or mdc.mo.gov for details on 
managed hunts and the selection process. 

Requirements for Bringing Harvested Deer, Moose and Elk into Missouri 

To keep chronic wasting disease out of Missouri, hunters who transport harvested 
deer, moose or elk with spinal columns or heads attached must report the entry 
of the carcasses into Missouri to the Conservation Department by calling a tolk 
free number within 24 hours of entering the state. Carcasses must be taken to a 
licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry. Meat processors 
and taxidermists must dispose of spinal cords and other parts in a properly 
permitted landfill. 

Hunters do not need to contact the Department if they are bringing back cut 
and wrapped meat that has been boned out; quarters and other portions of meat 
with no part of the spinal column or head attached; hides or capes from which 
all excess tissue has been removed; antlers; antlers attached to skull plates or 
skulls cleaned of all muscle and brain tissue; upper canine teeth; and finished 
taxidermy products. 

To report the entry of a carcass into Missouri, call 877'853'5665. 



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Your purchase of hunting and fishing equipment 
and motorboat fuels supports wildlife and sport 
fish restoration and boating access facilities. 






15 



Furbearer Hunting 

Coyote Taken With Hunting Permit 

Season: All year, except coyotes may not be hunted during daylight hours 
from April 1 through April 15, and may not be hunted at all during the spring 
turkey season from April 1 6 through May 6. See the Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting 
Regulations and Information booklet, which is available in the summer, for 
additional limitations during firearms deer season. 
Daily bag limit: Any number 
Possession bag limit: Any number 

Badger, Bobcat, Gray Fox, Red Fox, Opossum, Raccoon and Striped Skunk Taken 
With a Hunting Permit 

Season: Nov. 15, 2012-Jan. 31, 2013 

Daily bag limit: Any number 

Possession bag limit: Any number 

Note: The pelts of bobcats taken by hunting and trapping must be delivered to an 

agent of the Conservation Department for registration or tagging. See Page 22. 

After pelts are tagged, they can be possessed by the taker throughout the year. 



Groundhog Hunting 

Season: May 7, 2012-Dec. 15, 2012 
Daily bag limit: Any number 
Possession bag limit: Any number 
Note: Groundhog pelts can be possesed 
and sold throughout the year. See 
regulations on using cage-type traps in the 
box to the right. 



Rabbit Hunting 

Jackrabbits are protected at all times and 

may not be hunted or trapped. Cottontail 

and swamp rabbits may be hunted 

according to the following. 

Season: Oct. 1, 2012-Feb. 15, 2013 

Shooting hours: Sunrise to sunset 

Daily bag limit: 6 (only 2 may he swamp 

rabbits) 

Possession bag limit: 1 2 {only 4 may be 

swamp rabbits) 

See regulations on using cage-type traps in the box to the right 



Use of Cage-Type 
Traps with a 
Hunting Permit 

In addition to prescribed 
hunting methods, you may 
take groundhogs, squirrels and 
rabbits with a cage-type trap at 
any hour during that species' 
open hunting season if you 
possess a hunting permit. 

The cage-type trap must: 

■ Be labeled with your full 
name and address, or 
Conservation Number, 

■ Be attended daily, and 

■ Have an opening 1 44 square 
inches or smaller. 



16 



Squirrel Hunting 

Season: May 26, 2012-Feb. 15, 2013 
Daily bag limit: 10 
Possession bag limit: 20 

See Page 1 6 for regulations on using cage-type traps. 

Bullfrog and Green Frog Hunting 

Season: June 30 at sunset-Oct. 31, 2012 

For sunset tin^e on June 30, see note on Page 21 . 

Daily bag limit: 8 

Only the daily lin^it may be possessed on waters and banks of waters being 

hunted. 

Possession bag limit: 1 6 

Methods: .22 or sn^aller caliber rin^fire rifle or pistol, pellet gun, bow, crossbow, 

atlatl, or by hand or hand net. 

Crow Hunting 

Season: Nov. 1, 2012-March 3, 2013 
Shooting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 
Daily bag limit: Any number 
Possession bag limit: Any number 

Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting 

Dove, rail, snipe, teal, woodcock, duck and goose seasons, limits and other 
regulations are set by the Conservation Commission after the federal regulations 
are announced in late summer or early fall. Special regulation booklets for 
migratory birds and waterfowl will be available at permit vendors and online. 

Hunting hours for migratory game birds are 1 12 hour before sunrise to sunset, 
except during teal season, when hunting hours for teal are sunrise to sunset. 



Don't drink while you hunt! 

According to Missouri law, you are committing a crime 
if you knowingly possess or discharge a projectile 
weapon while intoxicated. Don't endanger yourself or 
others by hunting while under the influence of alcohol. 




Conservation Department areas have special hunting and trapping 
regulations, which can be found online at mdc.mo.gov/atlas. 



17 



Pheasant Hunting 

Only male pheasants may be taken. A foot or fully feathered head must be left 
attached to pheasants during transportation and storage. No pheasant may be 
in the immediate possession of someone hunting other wildlife in counties or 
portions of counties closed to pheasant hunting. 

Youth-only season in North Zone: Oct 27-28, 201 2 
Daily bag limit: 2 
Possession bag limit: 4 

Open to youth age 6 through 15. Youths who are not hunter-education certified 
must hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult; however, the 
adult may not hunt pheasants. See mentor requirements on Page 2. 



North Zone season: Nov. 1, 2012-Jan. 15, 2013 
Daily bag limit: 2 
Possession bag limit: 4 



Southeast Zone season: 
Daily bag limit: 1 
Possession bag limit: 1 



Dec. 1-12, 2012 



North Zone: Open north of Interstate 70, and 
also in the portion of St. Charles County south of 
Interstate 70. 

Southeast Zone: Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot 
and Stoddard counties. 




Quail Hunting 

Youth-only season: Oct 27-28, 2012 
Daily bag limit: 8 
Possession bag limit: 1 6 

Open to youth age 6 through 15. 
Youths who are not hunter-education certified 
must hunt in the immediate presence of a 
properly licensed mentor; however, the mentor 
may not hunt quail. See mentor requirements 
on Page 2. 

Regular season: Nov. 1, 2012-Jan. 15, 2013 
Daily bag limit: 8 
Possession bag limit: 1 6 




Ruffed Grouse Hunting 



Due to declining populations, the hunting season for ruffed grouse was closed in 
2011 and will remain closed until further notice. 



Turkey Hunting 




Missouri has four seasons 

for hunting turkeys. 

During those seasons, 

managed hunts may be 

available in certain areas. 

For more details on 

managed hunts, season 

dates, limits and other 

information, pick up a 

copy of the Spring Turkey 

Hunting Regulations and 

Information booklet, 

which is available in 

March, and the Fall 

Deer & Turkey Hunting 

Regulations and 

Information booklet, 

which is available in the 

summer, from permit vendors. Conservation Department offices and online at 

mdc.mo.gov. Possession of electronic calls is prohibited while hunting turkeys. 

Youth spring turkey season: March 31 —April 1 , 201 2 
(for ages 6 through 15 only) 

Season limit: 1 male turkey or turkey with visible beard 
Note: Youths who take a turkey during the youth season may not harvest a 
second bird until April 23, 2012. This is because the bird taken during the youth 
season counts as the first bird for the first week of the regular season. 

Spring turlcey season: April 16-May 6, 2012 

Season limit: 2 male turkeys or turkeys with visible beard (Only one may be 
taken in the first week. During the second and third weeks, one may be taken per 
day for a total of 2 birds for the season.) 

Fall firearms turkey season: Oct. 1-31, 2012 

Season limit: 2 turkeys of either sex; may be taken on same day 

Fall archery turkey season: Sept. 15, 2012, to Jan. 15, 2013, excluding the dates 
of the November portion of the firearms deer season, which will be announced in 
the summer. 



Discover a New Place to Hunt 

Find conservation areas to explore or hunt at mdc.mo.gov/atlas. 



19 



SUNRISE AND SUNSET AT JEFFERSON CITY, MO. 
Central Standard Time * 





March 2012 


April 2012 


May 201 2 


Sept. 201 2 


Oct. 201 2 


DAY 


Rise 


Set 


Rise 


Set 


Rise 


Set 


Rise 


Set 


Rise 


Set 




A.M. 


P.M. 


A.M. 


P.M. 


A.M. 


P.M. 


A.M. 


P.M. 


A.M. 


P.M. 


1 


6:40 


6:02 


6:53 


7:33 


6:11 


8:01 


6:38 


7:38 


7:05 


6:51 


2 


6:39 


6:03 


6:51 


7:34 


6:10 


8:02 


6:39 


7:36 


7:06 


6:49 


3 


6:37 


6:04 


6:50 


7:35 


6:09 


8:03 


6:40 


7:35 


7:07 


6:48 


4 


6:36 


6:05 


6:48 


7:35 


6:07 


8:04 


6:41 


7:33 


7:08 


6:46 


5 


6:34 


6:06 


6:47 


7:36 


6:06 


8:05 


6:42 


7:32 


7:09 


6:45 


6 


6:33 


6:07 


6:45 


7:37 


6:05 


8:06 


6:43 


7:30 


7:10 


6:43 


7 


6:31 


6:08 


6:44 


7:38 


6:04 


8:07 


6:44 


7:29 


7:11 


6:42 


8 


6:30 


6:09 


6:42 


7:39 


6:03 


8:08 


6:45 


7:27 


7:12 


6:40 


9 


6:28 


6:10 


6:41 


7:40 


6:02 


8:09 


6:45 


7:26 


7:12 


6:39 


10 


6:27 


6:11 


6:39 


7:41 


6:01 


8:10 


6:46 


7:24 


7:13 


6:37 


11 


7:25 


7:12 


6:38 


7:42 


6:00 


8:10 


6:47 


7:22 


7:14 


6:36 


12 


7:24 


7:13 


6:36 


7:43 


5:59 


8:11 


6:48 


7:21 


7:15 


6:34 


13 


7:22 


7:14 


6:35 


7:44 


5:58 


8:12 


6:49 


7:19 


7:16 


6:33 


14 


7:21 


7:15 


6:33 


7:45 


5:57 


8:13 


6:50 


7:18 


7:17 


6:31 


15 


7:19 


7:16 


6:32 


7:46 


5:57 


8:14 


6:51 


7:16 


7:18 


6:30 


16 


7:18 


7:17 


6:31 


7:47 


5:56 


8:15 


6:52 


7:14 


7:19 


6:28 


17 


7:16 


7:18 


6:29 


7:48 


5:55 


8:16 


6:52 


7:13 


7:20 


6:27 


18 


7:15 


7:19 


6:28 


7:49 


5:54 


8:17 


6:53 


7:11 


7:21 


6:26 


19 


7:13 


7:20 


6:26 


7:50 


5:53 


8:18 


6:54 


7:10 


7:22 


6:24 


20 


7:11 


7:21 


6:25 


7:51 


5:53 


8:18 


6:55 


7:08 


7:23 


6:23 


21 


7:10 


7:22 


6:24 


7:52 


5:52 


8:19 


6:56 


7:06 


7:24 


6:22 


22 


7:08 


7:23 


6:22 


7:53 


5:51 


8:20 


6:57 


7:05 


7:25 


6:20 


23 


7:07 


7:24 


6:21 


7:54 


5:51 


8:21 


6:58 


7:03 


7:26 


6:19 


24 


7:05 


7:25 


6:20 


7:54 


5:50 


8:22 


6:59 


7:02 


7:27 


6:18 


25 


7:04 


7:26 


6:18 


7:55 


5:49 


8:22 


7:00 


7:00 


7:29 


6:16 


26 


7:02 


7:27 


6:17 


7:56 


5:49 


8:23 


7:00 


6:59 


7:30 


6:15 


27 


7:01 


7:28 


6:16 


7:57 


5:48 


8:24 


7:01 


6:57 


7:31 


6:14 


28 


6:59 


7:29 


6:15 


7:58 


5:48 


8:25 


7:02 


6:55 


7:32 


6:13 


29 


6:57 


7:30 


6:13 


7:59 


5:47 


8:26 


7:03 


6:54 


7:33 


6:12 


30 


6:56 


7:31 


6:12 


8:00 


5:47 


8:26 


7:04 


6:52 


7:34 


6:10 


3 


1 


6:54 


7:32 






5:46 


8:27 






7:35 


6:09 


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These tables 




A.M. 


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P.IV1. 


A.IV1. 


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are for 

Jefferson City 
and points 


1 


7:36 


6:08 


7:08 


4:48 


7:26 


4:59 


7:14 


5:31 


2 


7:37 


6:07 


7:09 


4:48 


7:27 


5:00 


7:13 


5:32 


on the same 


3 
4 
5 


7:38 


6:06 


7:10 
7:11 
7:12 


4:48 
4:47 
4:47 


7:27 
7:27 
7:27 


5:00 
5:01 
5:02 


7:12 
7:11 
7:10 


5:33 
5:35 
5:36 


longitude 
north and 
south. For 
locations 
east, subtract 


6:39 
6:40 


5:05 
5:04 


6 


6:41 


5:03 


7:12 


4:47 


7:27 


5:03 


7:09 


5:37 


7 


6:42 


5:02 


7:13 


4:47 


7:27 


5:04 


7:08 


5:38 


one minute 


8 
9 


6:44 
6:45 


5:01 
5:00 


7:14 
7:15 


4:47 
4:48 


7:27 
7:26 


5:05 
5:06 


7:07 
7:06 


5:39 
5:40 


for each 13.5 
miles of airline 
distance. For 
locations 
west, add 


10 


6:46 


4:59 


7:16 


4:48 


7:26 


5:07 


7:05 


5:41 


11 


6:47 


4:58 


7:17 


4:48 


7:26 


5:08 


7:04 


5:43 


12 


6:48 


4:58 


7:17 


4:48 


7:26 


5:09 


7:03 


5:44 


one minute 


13 


6:49 


4:57 


7:18 


4:48 


7:25 


5:10 


7:02 


5:45 


for each 13.5 


14 


6:50 


4:56 


7:19 


4:49 


7:25 


5:11 


7:00 


5:46 


miles. For 
example, St. 
Louis is 106 
miles east: 


15 


6:51 


4:55 


7:19 


4:49 


7:25 


5:12 


6:59 


5:47 


16 


6:52 


4:55 


7:20 


4:49 


7:24 


5:13 


6:58 


5:48 


17 


6:53 


4:54 


7:21 


4:50 


7:24 


5:14 


6:57 


5:49 


subtract 8 


18 


6:55 


4:53 


7:21 


4:50 


7:24 


5:15 


6:55 


5:50 


minutes; 


19 


6:56 


4:53 


7:22 


4:50 


7:23 


5:16 


6:54 


5:51 


Kansas City 
is 133 miles 
west: add 1 
minutes. 


20 


6:57 


4:52 


7:22 


4:51 


7:23 


5:18 


6:53 


5:53 


21 


6:58 


4:52 


7:23 


4:51 


7:22 


5:19 


6:52 


5:54 


22 


6:59 


4:51 


7:23 


4:52 


7:21 


5:20 


6:50 


5:55 


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23 


7:00 


4:51 


7:24 


4:52 


7:21 


5:21 


6:49 


5:56 


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24 


7:01 


4:50 


7:24 


4:53 


7:20 


5:22 


6:48 


5:57 


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frogs b^^^^H 


25 


7:02 


4:50 


7:25 


4:54 


7:20 


5:23 


6:46 


5:58 


26 


7:03 


4:49 


7:25 


4:54 


7:19 


5:24 


6:45 


5:59 


27 


7:04 


4:49 


7:25 


4:55 


7:18 


5:25 


6:43 


6:00 


June 30, 2oH 


28 
29 


7:05 
7:06 


4:49 
4:48 


7:26 
7:26 


4:56 
4:56 


7:17 
7:17 


5:27 
5:28 


6:42 


6:01 


at sunset, ^M 
which is 8:31^1 
p.m. daylight 
saving time \r\ 
Jefferson Ci^H 


30 


7:07 


4:48 


7:26 


4:57 


7:16 


5:29 






31 




7:26 


4:58 


7:15 


5:30 





For the sunrise and sunset times in your area, see the U.S. Naval Observatory website: 
www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications. 



Trapping: Seasons and Limits 

Badger, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, mink, opossum, raccoon, striped 
sicunic season: 

Nov. 15, 2012-Jan. 31, 2013 

Daily bag limit: Any number 

Possession bag limit: Any number 

Bobcat pelts must be registered or tagged. See below. 

Weasels and spotted skunks may not be taken. 

Rabbit season: Nov. 15, 2012-Jan. 31, 2013 
Daily bag limit: 6 
Possession bag limit: 1 2 

Daily limit includes no more than 2 swamp rabbits; possession limit includes no 
more than 4 swamp rabbits. Carcasses may not be sold. Jackrabbits may not be 
taken at any time. Also see hunting regulations on Page 16. 

Otter and muskrat season: 

Nov. 15, 2012-Feb. 20, 2013 

statewide 

Daily bag limit: Any number 

Possession bag limit: Any number 

Otter pelts must be registered or 

tagged. See below. 

Beaver and nutria season: 

Nov. 15, 2012-March31, 2013 
Daily bag limit: Any number 
Possession bag limit: Any number 

Attention Fur Handlers 

New! The Resident Fur Handlers Permit has been rescinded. Hunters and 
trappers with valid permits that allow the taking of furbearers may now possess, 
transport and sell furs throughout the year. Note: Only pelts taken by the permit 
holder may be possessed, and pelts sold within Missouri to a fur dealer or buyer 
must be fleshed, stretched and dried. 

General Provisions 

■ The homes, nests or dens of furbearers must not be molested or destroyed. 

■ No person shall accept payment for furbearers taken by another. 

■ Wildlife held in traps, snares or cable restraint devices may be killed or 
removed only by the user. 

■ Bobcats and otters or their pelts must be delivered to an agent of the 
Conservation Department for registration or tagging before selling, transferring, 
tanning or mounting by April 10. Tagged bobcats, otters or their pelts may be 
possessed by the taker throughout the year and may be sold only to licensed 
taxidermists, tanners or fur dealers. It is illegal to purchase or sell untagged 
bobcats, otters or their pelts. Tagging tip: To make it easier to tag a pelt without 
damaging it, put a pencil or stick through the upper lip and eye socket before 
freezing the skin. The tag can be easily placed in those holes when the pelt is 
registered. 




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A Special 
Use Permit is 
required to trap on 
conservation areas. 

Trapping with dog-proof style 
and other traps is allowed 
on many conservation 
areas. A Special Use Permit 
is required, and these must 
be applied for at least 30 
days before trapping begins. 
Contact the area manager 
at the regional office to 
see what opportunities are 
available in your area. 
See Page 33. 



■ Restrictions on possession do not apply 
to tanned pelts, mounted specimens or 
manufactured products. 

■ Skinned carcasses of legally taken 
furbearers may be sold throughout the 
year. 

Traps: 

■ May be placed and set for furbearers 
at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 15 and must be 
removed by midnight of the last day of 
trapping season. 

■ Must have smooth or rubber jaws only, 
and may include foot-hold, Conibear or 
other killing-type, foot-enclosing-type, 
cage-type, colony traps with openings 
no greater than 6 inches in height and 6 
inches wide, snares set underwater only, 
and cable restraint devices. You may not 
use snares in a dry-land set or pitfalls, 
deadfalls or nets. 

■ Must be plainly labeled on durable material with the user's full name and 
address, or Conservation Number. Wildlife must be removed or released from 
traps daily; except for colony and killing-type traps, which must be checked 
every 48 hours. 

■ May not be set in paths made or used by people or domestic animals. Killing- 
type traps may not be set along public roadways, except underwater in 
permanent waters. Within communities having 10,000 or more inhabitants, 
only cage-type or foot-enclosing-type traps may be set within 1 50 feet of any 
residence or occupied building. 

■ May be used in conjunction with electronic calls. 

Killer or Conibear-type traps: 

■ With a jaw spread greater than 5 inches may be set underwater, but not in any 
dry-land set. 

■ With a jaw spread not greater than 8 inches may be set 6 feet or more above 
ground level in buildings. 

Snares must: 

■ Be set underwater. 

■ Have a loop 1 5 inches or less in diameter when set. 

■ Have a stop device that prevents the snare from closing to less than 2 1 12 
inches in diameter. 

■ Made with cable that is between 5/64 inch and 1/8 inch in diameter. 

■ Have a mechanical lock and anchor swivel. 



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Training Required to Use Cable Restraint Devices 

When used correctly, cable restraint devices hold animals alive and allow 
trappers to release non-target anin^als unharmed. The devices can be used to 
take furbearers from Nov. 15, 2012, through Jan. 31, 2013, by trappers who have 
successfully completed a cable-restraint training course, validated by a certified 
instructor. For information on the training course, contact a regional office. 
See Page 33. If you want to use cable restraint devices, plan to attend one of the 
training courses listed in the table below. 

2012 Cable Restraint Training Courses 



Location 


Date 


For information call: 


St. Joseph 


Sept. 8 


816-271-3100 


Kirksville 


Sept. 15 


660-785-2420 


Columbia 


Sept. 29 


573-882-9880 


West Plains 


Oct. 6 


417-256-7161 


Springfield 


Oct. 6 


417-895-6880 


Cape Girardeau 


Oct. 13 


573-290-5730 


Lee's Summit 


Oct. 20 


816-622-0900 


St. Louis 


Oct. 27 


636-441-4554 



Cable restraint devices must: 

■ Be n^ade of stranded steel cable, not greater than 5 feet long (not including 
extension, with a diameter of not less than 5/64 inch and equipped with a 
commercially manufactured breakaway rated at 350 pounds or less, a relaxing- 
type lock, a stop device that prevents it from closing to less than 2 1 12 inches 
in diameter, and an anchor swivel. Note: Compression-type chokes and other 
mechanically powered springs are prohibited. 

■ Have a loop size of 1 2 inches diameter or smaller when set. 

■ Have the bottom of the cable loop set at least 6 inches or greater above the 
ground. 

■ Be anchored solidly or staked in a location not allowing entanglement. 

■ Be checked daily. 

Cable restraint devices must NOT be: 

■ Capable of extending to within 1 2 inches of a fence. 

■ Set using a drag. 

■ Set with a kilkpole. 

■ Used within 1 50 feet of any dwelling or driveway leading to a dwelling. 

Note: Trappers may not possess live coyotes, red fox and gray fox after March 15. 



Hunters with limited mobility can use the Conservation 
Department's disabled-accessible hunting areas. For a list 
of these areas and other facilities around the state, visit 
mdc.mo.gov/node/1 5283. 



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We Need Your Help! 

The Conservation Departn^ent 
needs your help to learn n^ore 
about otters and bobcats in 
Missouri. If you trap, please 
collect a lower canine tooth 
fron^ each otter and bobcat 
you harvest. The Department 
would also like to know how 
many traps you set for otters 
and bobcats and how many 
times you check each of these 
traps over the course of the 
season. 




A trapping diary and tooth 
envelope will be mailed to you 
before the season. All you have to 
do is fill out the diary, collect a few 
teeth, and mail everything back to 
the Conservation Department. 

In 2011 , trappers sent in teeth 
from 760 otters and bobcats. The 
teeth have helped biologists learn 
that although bobcats can live for 
1 4 years or longer, the majority of 
trapped bobcats are younger than 2 
years old. Likewise, otters can live for 
10 years or longer, but most trapped 
otters are younger than age 2. 



Poachers, beware! 

Convicted wildlife violators lose hunting and fishing privileges in 36 states! 

Missouri is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator's Compact, an agreement 
whereby 36 participating states share information about gameTaw violators and 
honor each other's decisions to deny permits to perennial poachers. 

In the past, poachers whose hunting, fishing or trapping privileges were 
suspended in one state could drive to another state and purchase a permit. 

Now, if your permit is revoked in Missouri, you will lose privileges in Alabama, 
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, 
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, 
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, 
Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West 
Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Missouri, in turn, will honor revocations in 
these same states. 



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Some conservation areas require nontoxic shot only. 

A nontoxiC'Shot'Only regulation for all hunting with a shotgun is in effect at 21 
conservation areas. These areas have larger wetlands where sizeable numbers of 
waterfowl and shorebirds concentrate in the fall and spring. 

Ingesting lead shot can be fatal to all vertebrates including waterfowl, doves 
and scavenging birds, such as eagles, that feed on birds with lead shot in their 
carcasses. Mounting evidence points to lead poisoning occurring in n^ore than 
134 species including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. 

The nontoxiC'Shot rule will apply to all hunting on these areas with a shotgun 
including dove, turkey, quail, rabbit and squirrel hunting. Since 1991, waterfowl 
hunters in Missouri have used nontoxic shot for all duck, goose and coot hunting. 

Many of the 21 conservation areas included in this nontoxic-shot requirement 
offer good dove hunting, which can be a significant source of lead shot 
poisoning in birds. Good quality nontoxic-shot shells for all gauges are available 
commercially at a reasonable cost. 

Use or possession of lead shot is prohibited for hunting on the following 
Department of Conservation areas: 



• Black Island 
' Bob Brown 

• Columbia Bottom 

• Cooley Lake 

• Coon Island 

• Duck Creek 

• Eagle Bluffs 



• Fountain Grove 

• Four Rivers 

• Grand Pass 

• B.K. Leach Memorial 

• Little Bean Marsh 

• Little River 

• Marais Temps Clair 



Montrose 
Nodaway Valley 
Otter Slough 
SchelLOsage 
Settle's Ford 
Ted Shanks 
Ten Mile Pond 



As of December 2011 , shot types 
approved as being nontoxic by the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are: 
' Bismuth'tin 

• Iron (steel) 

• Iron-tungsten 

• Iron-tungsten-nickel 

• Tungsten-bronze (two types) 

• Tungsten-iron-copper-nickel 

• Tungsten-matrix 

• Tungsten-polymer 

• Tungsten-tin-iron 

• Tungsten-tin-bismuth 

• Tungsten-tin-iron-nickel 

• Tungsten-iron-polymer 




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ATV users: Don't risk losing your 
fishing and hunting privileges! 

It is illegal for anyone (except landowners and lessees on land they own or lease 
and certain agricultural workers) to drive ATVs in Missouri's streams and rivers 
unless the ATV is on a crossing that is part of the highway system. Violators could 
lose their fishing and hunting privileges. 

Using ATVs and Horses on 
Conservation Department Areas 

Any vehicle use is restricted to graveled and paved roads and established parking 
areas, unless otherwise posted. 

Horses and horseback riding are permitted only on trails designated for their 
use and on roads and trails open to vehicular traffic, unless otherwise posted. For 
more information, contact the area manager. See Page 33. 

Using ATVs, Horses and Motorcycles in 
Mark Twain National Forest 

In Mark Twain National Forest, you may ride on any open, numbered Forest 
Service road in counties where alkterrain-vehicle county permits are issued, 
provided you abide by Missouri state motor vehicle regulations. Forest Service 
maps showing numbered Forest Service roads may be purchased at any Forest 
Service office. See Page 5 for contact information. 

Not all open roads appear on maps. Some roads may be closed to ATV 
use. You also may ride on designated motorcycle and ATV trails at Chadwick 
Motorcycle and ATV Use Area in Christian County and at Sutton Bluff Motorcycle 
and ATV Use area in Reynolds County if you have a Forest Service permit. Daily 
and annual permits may be purchased at the Salem and Ava District offices and 
at businesses near trail areas. 

Equestrian use is permitted on most of the 700 miles of Mark Twain National 
Forest trails. Equestrian use of roads and two track trails also is permitted. Use 
the "Tread Lightly" ethic to travel and recreate with minimum impact. 
See www.treadlightly.org. 







Inspire the children in your life to get outside. 
Sign your kids up for Xplor, and six times a year, they will receive 
stories and photos about Missouri's coolest critters, niftiest natural places 
and liveliest outdoor activities. The magazine is free to Missouri residents. 
Out-of-state subscriptions are $5 a year. Foreign subscriptions are $8 a year. 
Include payment with request. Parental consent is required. 

To subscribe, go to xplormo.org/node/2618, call 573-522-4115, ext. 
3856, or write to Xplor, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City MO 65102-0180. You'll 
begin receiving the magazine in 6 to 8 weeks. One magazine per household, 
please. 



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Feral Hogs 








Feral hogs destroy wildlife 
habitat, compete with native 
wildlife for food, and spread 
diseases to people, pets and 
livestock. They are a menace 
that must be eradicated. 

A feral hog is defined as 
any hog, including Russian and 
European wild boar, that is not 
conspicuously identified by ear 
tags or other identification and 
is roaming freely on public 
or private land without the 
landowner's permission. 

It is illegal to release feral 
hogs on public land or on 
private land that is not fenced 
to contain them. If you see 
someone releasing hogs, 
report them immediately to 
your local conservation agent 
or Operation Game Thief toll 
free at 1'800'392'1111 . 

The Conservation 
Department discourages 
anyone from hunting 
specifically for feral hogs 
because hunters' activities interfere with the Department's efforts to eradicate 
these pests. However, if you are afield for other game and encounter a feral 
hog, shoot it on sight! No permit is needed, except during deer and turkey 
hunting seasons; see the current deer and turkey hunting regulations booklets for 
details. If you kill a feral hog on public land or on private land where you have 
permission to hunt, you are not liable if someone later claims to own the animal. 

Note: Resident landowners on land they own and lessees on land they reside on 
may use any method to take feral hogs at any time without any permit. 

If you see a feral hog, notify any of the following: 

■ The nearest Conservation Department regional office (see Page 33) 

■ State veterinarian's office at 573-751-3377 

■ USDA Wildlife Services at 573-449-3033 

With your help, we can eliminate these dangerous, destructive pests from 
Missouri. 



Report Illegal Hog Releases 

It is illegal to release feral hogs in Missouri. Call Operation Game Thief 
toll free at 1-800-392-1111 if you see someone releasing hogs. 



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If you hit a deer... 

Motorists occasionally are involved in 
accidents with deer. If this happens to you: 

■ Don't approach the animal if it is still 
alive. An injured deer can be dangerous! 

■ Contact the county conservation agent, the 
nearest Conservation Department regional 
office (see Page 33 for phone numbers), 
law enforcement officer of the county or 
city where the accident occurred, or call 
the Missouri Department of Transportation 
toll free at 1'888'275'6636. 




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Definitions 

■ Antlered Deer: A deer having at least one antler at least 3 inches long. 

■ Atlatl: A rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing 
motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet in length. 

■ Bow: A device drawn and held by hand and not fastened to a stock nor to any 
other mechanism that maintains the device in a drawn position. This definition 
includes longbows, recurve bows and compound bows. 

■ Chase or Chased: The act of using dogs to follow wildlife for the purpose of 
recreation or dog training, but not for the purpose of catching or taking that 
wildlife. 

■ Days or Dates: All days and dates are inclusive. A day begins or ends at 
midnight, unless otherwise specified. 

■ Firearm: Pistols, revolvers and rifles propelling a single projectile at one 
discharge including those powered by spring, air or compressed gas, and 
shotguns not larger than 10 gauge. 

■ Furbearing Animals, Furbearers: Badger, beaver, black bear, bobcat, coyote, 
gray fox, red fox, mink, mountain lion, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, 
river otter, spotted skunk, striped skunk and long-tailed weasel. Note: Open 
seasons exist for all furbearers except black bear, mountain lion, spotted skunk 
and long'tailed weasel. 

■ Game Birds: American coot, American woodcock, crows, ducks, Eurasian 
coUared'dove, geese, gray partridge, mourning dove, northern bobwhite quail, 
ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse, sora rail, Virginia rail, white-winged dove, 
wild turkey, and Wilson's snipe. Note: Open seasons exist for all species except 
gray partridge and ruffed grouse. 

■ Game Mammals: Deer, groundhog (woodchuck), cottontail rabbit, jackrabbit, 
swamp rabbit, fox squirrel, gray squirrel and furbearers as defined above. 
Note: Open seasons exist for all game mammals except jackrabbits, and for 
all furbearers except black bear, mountain lion, spotted skunk and long-tailed 
weasel. 

■ Lessee: Any Missouri resident who lives on and leases at least 5 acres of land 
in one single tract owned by others. This also includes any member of the 
immediate household whose legal residence is the same as the lessee for at 
least the past 30 days. 

■ Managed Deer Hunt: A prescribed deer hunt conducted on a designated area, 
which may include conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges, 
military bases, private land, and city or county properties. 

■ Muzzleloading Firearm: Any firearm capable of being loaded only from the 
muzzle. 

■ Night-vision Equipment: Optical devices (i.e., binoculars or scopes) using light 
amplifying circuits that are electrical or battery-powered. 

■ Possessed and Possession: The actual and constructive possession and control 
of things referred to in the Wildlife Code. 



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I Public Roadway: The right of way which is owned either outright or by 
easement by any public entity, or which is used by the general public for travel 
and is also regularly maintained by any public entity. 

I Pursue or Pursued: The act of trying to find, seek or search for wildlife for the 
purpose of taking wildlife. 

I Resident Landowner: Any Missouri resident who owns at least 5 continuous 
acres, and his or her immediate household members whose legal residence 
is the same as the landowner for at least the past 30 days. In the case of 
corporate ownership, only registered officers of corporations meet this 
definition and they are not required to reside on the land. Persons who own 
stock in a corporation (shareholders) do not meet this definition. 

I Sell: To offer for sale or to exchange for compensation in any material form. 

I Take or Taking: Killing, trapping, snaring, netting or capturing any wildlife in 
any manner; also refers to pursuing, molesting, hunting, wounding; or the 
placing, setting or use of any device in an attempt to take wildlife; and every 
act of assistance to every other person in taking or attempting to take any 
wildlife. 




Operation Game Thief/Forest Arson 

Each conservation agent has about 444 square miles to 
oversee— a large area for just one pair of eyes. Citizens 
can help by reporting wildlife law violations. 

Operation Game Thief and Operation Forest Arson are 
privately funded programs to help combat poaching 
and arson-caused forest fires in Missouri. Rewards are 
available for information leading to the arrest of game- 
law violators and forest arsonists. 

If you see a possible violation in progress, call your county conservation 
agent immediately or dial the toll-free number below: 

1-800-392-1111 



All information is kept in strict confidence. 
Desirable information includes names of 
violators, vehicle description and license 
number, as well as the violation location. 

Help put game thieves and arsonists 
out of business. 

Sponsored by the Conservation Federation 
of Missouri, the Missouri Department of 
Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service. 




OPERATION 
GAME.HIEF 



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A Hunter^s Responsibilities 

The future of hunting is in your hands. To protect your sport you should 
always: 

■ Obtain permission from landowners if you hunt on private land. 

■ Remember landowners are your hosts. Follow their advice on where to 
hunt and offer to share your game with them. 

■ Invite landowners to hunt with you. 

■ Hunt only in areas designated by the landowner and observe safety 
zones around buildings and livestock. 

■ Respect the landowner's equipment, livestock and fences. Leave gates 
as you find them. Notify the landowner about damage you see. 

■ Obey firearms safety rules and game laws and insist that your 
companions do likewise. 

■ Control your dog, stay out of unharvested crops, and do not litter. 

■ Make every effort to find wounded animals, and clean and care for 
game properly. 

■ Acquire the skills and knowledge of a responsible hunter by continually 
improving your marksmanship and your knowledge of wildlife species, 
field care of game and principles of wildlife management. 

■ Support conservation efforts and wildlife management programs, and 
provide an example to broaden public understanding and support of 
hunting. 

■ Thank landowners for the privilege of hunting on their land. Remember 
that hunting is a privilege, not a right. Make your hunting trips safe and 
pleasant. 

■ Report observed violations to a conservation agent or local sheriff. 



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'^Nt>S* 




Director, 
Department of Conservation 

Robert LZiehmer 

The Conservation Commission 

Don C Bedell 
JamesT. Blair, IV 
Don R.Johnson 
Becky L. Plattner 

Missouri Department of 

Conservation 

P.O. Box 180 

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 

573-751-4115 

mdc.mo.gov 

Equal opportunity to participate 
in and benefit from programs 
of the Missouri Department of 
Conservation is available to all 
individuals without regard to their 
race, color, national origin, sex, 
age or disability. Questions should 
be directed to the Department of 
Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson 
City, MO 65102, 573-751-4115 
(voice) or 800-735-2966 (TTY), or 
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Division of Federal Assistance, 4401 
N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP- 
4020, Arlington, VA 22203. 



Contact Information 




Central Region^ 

1907 Hillcrest Drive 
Columbia, MO 65201 
573-884-6861 

Kansas City Region 

12405 SERanson Road 
Lee's Summit, MO 64082 
816-622-0900 

Northeast Region 

3500 S. Baltimore 
Kirksville, MO 63501 
660-785-2420 

Northwest Region 

701 James McCarthy Drive 
St. Joseph, MO 64507 
816-271-3100 



Ozark Region 

551 Joe Jones Blvd. 
West Plains, MO 65775 
417-256-7161 

Southeast Region 

2302 County Park Drive 
Cape Girardeau, MO 
63701 
573-290-5730 

Southwest Region 

2630 N. Mayfair 
Springfield, MO 65803 
417-895-6880 

St. Louis Region 

2360 Highway D 
St. Charles, MO 63304 
636-441-4554 



Central Regional Office will be moving to a new location in 2012. 
The new address will be: 

3500 East Gans Road 
Columbia, MO 65201 



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Ever have a lost or forgotten permit spoil your hunting plans? 
Not anymore. The Conservation Department's e-Permits 
System lets you buy online, print your permit at home, and 
have it in hand immediately. You can even reprint the 
permit if you lose or damage it. jj^ 

Find out how to use and enjoy e-Permits at 

mdc.mo.gov/epermits 

Then head to your favorite hunting spot! - ^ 

Not comfortable with online purchases? You can 
still buyyourfishing, hunting and trapping permits 
by phone, at any MDC office or from your usual vendor.